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Product Review: Udi’s Bagels

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There has been a lot of hype in the gluten-free community about the American brand Udi’s finally making it over to the UK (more specifically, to the shelves of Tesco). American friends had told me how much they loved their Udi’s bread, and on the GF message boards people were posting messages of the ‘WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?’ variety.

Udi’s website claims to have made people cry with joy at the amazing taste of their products, so I was quite excited to try some.

So far I have only spotted the plain bagels on sale (which naturally, I bought) but there are allegedly quite a few products available – choc chip muffins, mince pies, cinnamon & raisin bagels, apple & cinnamon pastries, granola, snack bars and more.

This, shock horror, was my first ever time eating a bagel*. I have now tried Udi’s bagels toasted, microwaved, spread with butter, peanut butter and pizza topping…and…I don’t get it.

It may be that this is what normal bagels taste like and I just don’t like it, but when I offered some to my non-coeliac gentleman friend, he agreed that they were quite dry and chewy. The last one in the pack is still woefully sitting there waiting for somebody to eat it.

Obviously it all comes down to personal taste, and others have been singing their praises. It is worth giving them a try while they are on special offer (introductory offer at Tesco). I think I have just come to expect more from gluten-free bread products, especially after sampling the amazing Brixton bread from WAGfree and the Perkier! loaf.

What did you think of Udi’s bagels? Are there other products in the range that I should try?

*For those of you who don’t know, I was diagnosed as Coeliac at a very young age (just before my third birthday), so cannot remember ‘normal’ food at all. This is a blessing in that I don’t miss the foods I have never had, but it would sometimes be helpful to be able to compare!